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Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

Hank Aaron AP AP

One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it was motivated by a bit of snotty cynicism and “I’m-better-than-you” sentiment.  Probably didn’t help that he had David Crosby with him the day he got his degree. I’m guessing the two of them circa 1970 were damn nigh insufferable together.

Anyway, I’m guessing Hank Aaron was a lot more graceful about this:

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron can add an honorary degree from Princeton University to his trophy case. The former home run record-holder was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities for making America a better place with his “imperishable example of grace under pressure.” The university cited how he kept his cool while pursuing Babe Ruth’s home run record nearly 40 years ago.

See that? “Grace under pressure.”  Which means that this is the first baseball post in the history of blogging that cites both Bob Dylan and Rush at the same time.

Sorry to drag you into this, Hank.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Bob was and still is awesome. “Blood on the Tracks” is the greatest album of all time, in my opinion. Still trying to figure out how “Jack of Hearts” made the final cut, but it is the only throw away song on the album. Not relevant at all to the topic, but it needed to be said.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Fact: Dylan spent a few years in on-and-off conversations with people in Hollywood about possibly making Jack-of-Hearts into a movie. Never went anywhere.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Thank god for that. Of all the Dylan songs to turn into a movie, why that one? Probably some ego trip where he thought he could turn his worst song into a movie.

      • Jonny 5 - May 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        I’m kinda glad about that. “The song remains the same” was hard enough to watch. It was cool. “The wall”. Now that was something for the ages….

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        I always liked the Beatles movies though. Those lads had good senses of humor.

      • Jonny 5 - May 31, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        The Beetles can do wrong when it comes to entertaining. Until Yoko Ono anyway…

    • fquaye149 - May 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      Why all the hating on “…Jack of Hearts”? 😦

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM

        Sorry…..I just hate that song. The rest of the album is so beautifully worded and supremely awesome, it just seems out of place to me.

  2. rebarratige - May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Craig, how in the world are we supposed to turn this post into an argument about sabermetrics?

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      I’m pretty sure if you play Desolation Row backward it says that advanced baseball statistics are the work of the devil.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Dylan the writer was genius. Honorary degrees? Not a fan.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Living on a lighted stage approaches the unreal…

  5. Professor Longnose - May 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    I love Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.

  6. Professor Longnose - May 31, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Craig, you’ve been beaten again. Here’s a baseball blog post from last year that lists both Dylan and Geddy Lee as baseball fans:

  7. Pierre Cruzatte - May 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    The MSNBC article says they also gave a degree to Bob Rawson, who was Partner-in-Charge of a certain firm’s Cleveland office for some time.

    Coulda been you, Calcaterra. Coulda been you.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      Nope. Rawson already had a bachelor’s from Princeton, so he probably had an in.

      And besides, those stuck up Jones Day people cringe if you suggest they are a “Cleveland firm.” Even the ones in the Cleveland office, even though until about 10 or 15 years ago they were without questions a “Cleveland firm.”

      • Pierre Cruzatte - May 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

        The Indians stopped winning, and suddenly Jones Day was all, “we’re more of a DC firm these days, tell you the truth.”


        (“One Firm Worldwide” is all well and good, but they operate under an Ohio partnership agreement.)

  8. danberman4 - May 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Great for Aaron. I was lucky enough to see him play for the Braves and Brewers.

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